Laughter Is The Best Medicine
July 25-31, 2002 ARCHIVES
"Laughter Is The Best Medicine" Covers The Vegas Comedy Scene Weekly


by Florence Troutman
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Las Vegas offers more comedy than any other city in the world! The "Entertainment Capital of the World" will be soon be known as "The Comedy Capital of the World" when the Stardust Hotel hosts the "First Annual Las Vegas Comedy Festival," September 4 through 8. Comics and industry members from all over the country will gather to meet, perform and share their comedy experiences with each other and the public.

Soft-spoken Rita Rudner, appearing in the Cabaret Theatre at New York, New York, has a lot to say about men and women and their struggles to co-exist. This hilarious lady dressed in a beautiful gown, is the mistress of understatement.

The Scintas present their distinctive "comedy with a twist" in the Masquerade Showroom at the Rio Hotel & Casino. The versatile and very talented family-foursome has just signed a multi-year extension to their contract. Their full-scale production show brings heart-warming humor, great vocals, impressions and lots of fun.

The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana has the hilarious Evan Davis in for the week. Appearing with Davis are fellow headliners Kevin Downey, Jr. and Jimmie ("JJ") Walker who is one of the best at "working without a net." Walker has very little prepared material. Instead, he feeds off audience member's answers to "What's your name and where are you from?" This is called "working without a net" and Walker is an expert! He takes simple answers and makes them hilarious comedy. Shows are at 8:00 (non-smoking) and 10:30 p.m., nightly.

Penn and Teller are appearing at in the Samba Theater at the Rio Hotel & Casino. Named "Magicians of the Year" two years in a row, they recently signed a long-term agreement to perform through September 2004. If one word describes Penn and Teller, it is, without a doubt, "cool." This eccentric pair of comedy / magicians has been performing their hilarious brand of humor since 1975 and they're still great friends! Of course, perhaps that's because one doesn't speak! They perform tricks that are puzzles, if not mysteries. This unique partnership which serves as Visiting Scholars at MIT and lectures at the Smithsonian Institute and Oxford University, offer a show filled with dedicated showmanship as well as an intriguing intellectual challenge to audiences of all ages. Penn and Teller were named two of the funniest people alive in Entertainment Weekly's "50 Greatest Comedians Today," and should not be missed!

Amazing Johnathan appears at the Golden Nugget Tuesdays through Sundays at 10 pm. The "Freddie Kruger of Comedy," as he's been dubbed, takes comedy magic to new heights. In the past few years, his new assistant and partner, Psychic Tanya, has been a wonderful addition to his show. She plays the perfect foil to his misdirected illusions and is so superbly funny that audiences are going crazy for this new comic partnership. If you haven't witnessed this new dynamic duo...DON'T MISS IT!

Talk to you next week! Until then, be sure to keep laughing because LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE for all that ails us!

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